Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS.
The new Snapdragon 810 is the company's highest
performing mobile chip for smartphones and tablets,
Qualcomm said in a statement.
Mobile devices with
the 64-bit chip will ship in the fi rst half of next year,
and be faster and more power-e cient. Snapdragon
chips are used in handsets with Android and
Windows Phone operating systems, which are not
available in 64-bit form yet.
The Snapdragon 810 is loaded with the latest
communication and graphics technologies from
Qualcomm. The graphics processor can render 4K
(3840x2160) video at 30fps, and 1080p video at
120fps. The chip also has an integrated modem
that supports LTE and its successor, LTE-Advanced,
which is emerging.
The 810 also is among the first mobile chips to
support the latest low-power LPDDR4 memory, which
will allow programs to run faster while consuming less
This will be beneficial, especially for tablets, as
64-bit chips allow mobile devices to have more than
4GB of RAM, which is the limit on current 32-bit chips.
The quad-core chip has a mix of high-power
ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores for demanding tasks and
low-power A53 CPU cores for mundane tasks such as taking calls, messaging and MP3 playback. The
multiple cores ensure more power-e fficient use of the
chip, which helps extend battery life of devices.
The company also introduced a Snapdragon 808
six-core 64-bit chip. The chips will be among the fi rst
made using the latest 20nm manufacturing process,
which is an advance from the 28nm process used to
make Snapdragon chips today.
Qualcomm 64-bit version